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Japan set to lift quarantines for business travelers in summer

Exclusive: Visitors from Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia are first in line

Planes wait on the tarmac at Narita International Airport. Japan is eager to restart business travel to and from countries with low coronavirus infection rates. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japan is poised to let business travelers from some countries bypass a two-week coronavirus quarantine requirement as soon as this summer, with proof of a negative virus test result, Nikkei learned Thursday.

The government plans to hold talks with countries with similarly low infection rates to renegotiate immigration restrictions on both sides. Discussions will begin as early as this month with Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, with new rules to be implemented once an agreement is reached.

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